David Tanis, a former chef at Chez Panisse, creates beautiful cookbooks. He concentrates on simple recipes with an abundance of flavour. The recipes in his latest book, One Good Dish, are easy to make and his instructions are impeccable. For this dish, I used lamb loins, which worked perfectly.
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Ready time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3 or 4
500 grams (1 pounds) boneless lean lamb cut into strips 1/4inch (5-mm) wide and 11/2 inches (4-cm) long
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
12 small dried red chili peppers (add more or less depending on your heat tolerance)
2-inch (5 cm) piece of ginger, peeled and cut into fine julienne
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
6 scallions, thinly sliced
Place lamb in a small bowl, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the cornstarch. Mix with your fingers to combine.
Heat vegetable oil in a wok or wide, cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and dried peppers. When they begin to sizzle, add the lamb, ginger and garlic, toss well to coat. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes, until the lamb is slightly browned, but still a little pink. Add the sesame oil, cilantro and scallions, and transfer to a serving dish.